I admit it. I’ve memorized only one speech in my life. And it’s the famous speech from the movie Braveheart:

Will you fight?

When chasing your dream gets hard, how will you respond?

When doing what you are called to do seems too difficult, what will you do?

Will you fight or will you run?

Fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live…at least a while.

But it will kill you.

Your enemies may kill you. But nothing will kill you more painfully than not doing what you are called to do. Nothing will cause you to writhe in agony worse than not fighting.

What will you regret not doing?

Like Mel Gibson asked these soldiers, I ask you, when you think of the end of your life, do you think that you will look back on life with regrets? If so, resolve right now to do whatever it takes to avoid that.

Lying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to say that right now you made the decision to change something? That you resolved to pursue your calling, to love your family more, to serve the people you’ve been called to serve?

So I ask you the same thing asked in the movie:

Will you fight?

If so, for what?

9 thoughts on “What Will You Fight For? Braveheart Freedom Speech

  1. Jon Stolpe says:

    Yes! I will fight for my family. I will fight for my God. I will fight that I may represent Him well and that others may find Him.

  2. Lily Kreitinger says:

    Living without fighting for what you believe in is like not living at all.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      POWERFUL Lily. Wow.

  3. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    First off. I think all of life’s lessons can be summed up by some part of the movie Braveheart… Man, I love that movie!
    Second, what will I fight for? My family. My freedoms. My God. My faith. My dreams.
    There are several things that are worth fighting for. But I think also, if you say you’re willing to die for something, perhaps you should live for that same thing. It’s relatively easy to say that you’ll die for something, it’s a difficult thing to live you life in a way that you will live for those things.
    What I mean is, it’s easy to say that you would die to protect your family. It’s much more difficult to determine that everyday you will live to be the best husband and father you can be, to nurture, protect and lead your family.
    Both in are important, being willing to die for something, but also living for those same things.
    Finally, now I feel like it’s necessary for me to go rewatch Braveheart! haha.

  4. Katherine Leicester says:

    I’m fighting for the idea that leaders are responsible for having the courage to champion their people. Somebody has to be not-afraid, and it’s us.

  5. Bob Winchester says:

    So cool! Needed that today! Thanks Matt!

  6. Tom Dixon says:

    I’m starting to regret that I’ve never seen Braveheart. I know, let the laughing behind my back begin.

    1. Stadlen Bane says:

      it is on Netflix if you have it

  7. David Mike says:

    Freedom! Love that Dave Ramsey plays the final scream of William Wallace at the end of all debt free screams! I am part of Jon Acuff’s #StartExperiment a group of 2600 people all working together to Start something, what ever that thing is to each individual. It’s cool to see everyone feeling the same way about our fears and that we are not alone. Group accountability and encouragement! Thanks for the inspiration!

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